Melissa Tuck Photography had another wonderful year thanks to the best clients one could imagine! My camera had less clicks than ever before due to my pregnancy and maternity leave in the spring (but what I lacked professionally, I made up for personally). I only shot nine weddings (in comparison to 22 in 2013 and 28 in 2012), BUT I realized last year's weddings did put me at a certain milestone: I've now shot more than 100 weddings since starting my business in 2009! *Insert happy dance and proud face here.* Last year, I also shot three engagement sessions, one bridal session, 16 baby/family/maternity sessions and one baby shower. It is so incredible to me that within a year's time, I can be shooting a baby shower turned newborn session, a newborn session turned one-year-old session, a maternity session turned three-week-old session ... you get the picture. ; ) I'm so thankful that my clients (who are friends now, really) keep contacting me beyond their wedding day so that I can see their families grow! Even though the main reason for shooting less last year was my pregnancy and giving birth, I also intentionally booked less on average to better balance my work + life flow. I felt less stressed and it also enabled me to give more time + attention to every client I did serve. Since having Brooklyn and becoming a stay-at-home mom, I have had to learn how to work again in a completely different way. I've learned to prioritize my time better (hellooooo nap time!), work more efficiently, ask for help when I need it (my mother-in-law has been a lifesaver during busy editing season) and set strict office hours to spend time with my little family in the evenings. It hasn't been easy, but it's worked, and I'm happy and encouraged to move forward with my new set of skills juggling work and the babe. : )

In 2014, I was featured in several wedding blogs that I admire: Borrowed & Blue blog, Every Last Detail blog, Daily Dog Tag blog, Glamour & Grace blog, Heart Love Always blog & Charm City Wed blog. Thank you to all the editors for your willingness to share my work! I'm excited to submit my weddings and shoots from 2014 to more publications over the next several months!

Now, a note about reflection and goals. It's the beginning of a new year and the best time to think about what did and didn't work in the past and how I can improve moving ahead. I know a lot of other photographers blog in depth about their yearly (sometimes monthly) goals; I never have and maybe I'll start doing it if I need to hold myself more accountable. But for now, I'll just share a few important things on my mind for 2015:

1) I intend to focus more on family/baby/newborn/maternity sessions. As the seasons in my own life change, I've found that my professional interests have shifted. This DOESN'T mean that I won't be shooting weddings and that I don't enjoy them anymore. I still love documenting weddings, but I'll just be targeting a limited number of weddings and very few of them will be out of town. After having a baby and caring for her on a daily basis, it's just way too difficult to travel as much as I have in the past and I want to focus on more local weddings to the DC/Maryland/northern Virginia area. I've already hit more than half my goal for this year's weddings so please contact me soon if you're recently engaged and interested!

2) I want to give my presence on the web a little makeover and streamline my sites. I've seen a gradual shift to consolidate portfolio and blog sites to all one URL (for example, have & linked together) and I like it. On top of that, I need to make my web presence strictly mobile-friendly (my Flash-based portfolio site - melissatuckphoto - is not viewable on phones or tablets), and I need to get on that seeing as how everyone is so mobile these days! I'm also going to switch my gallery/reprint site to a more photo-driven/friendly company that will offer immediate high-res downloads for clients. More to come on that later!

3) I want to photograph a live birth. If you know someone who may be willing local to me, please send them my way in the comments!

4) Do at least one session pro bono. I used to make this a priority and I fell slack last year. Back in 2011, I photographed babies in the NICU for families who weren't able to take home their babies right away and I may do it again. Any other great ideas? Leave a comment for me!

5) Because I moved from Georgia to the Maryland/DC/Virginia area last year, I'm looking to spread the word more locally about my business. To do so, I will be running a contest that offers a free session soon on the blog. Be on the lookout!

Lastly, I can't thank my hubby, family, friends, clients and MTP Insta and Facebook fans enough for all of your support and love. You continue to inspire me and my work. Please enjoy photo highlights (two from each shoot, in order!)  from my year. Next week, I plan to blog about the personal side of 2014. Spoiler (or not-so-spoiler) -alert: It will surely be Brooklyn-centric. ; )
































Baby Girl Tuck's Shower at Gather NC

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I BLEW UP your feed a week or so ago with photos from my baby shower in Cary, North Carolina, at THE cutest little shop called Gather. I loved this day. Washington-DC-babyshower-Gather_0014

I wanted to brag on my incredible friends who threw this shower: Nicole and Mary couldn't have made it more perfect or more my style. Delicious food and drink & gorgeous favors and flowers set to the most adorable backdrop of a shop you ever did see! I mean, come on... succulents, mason jars, products featured from local artists... it was truly the most perfect gathering. : ) And I was SO happy to see the friends who could make it to the shower. I hadn't seen some of them in three years, so it was wonderful being able to catch up. Thanks for coming and bringing such awesome handmade gifts, y'all!


ALL of the food was made by Mary and Nicole, and the strawberry doughnuts and Nutella cheesecakes were among the favorites!


Mary crafted these flower vases etched with girls' initials who attended the shower via a tutorial from The Beautiful Mess. I was so delighted; they made a beautiful centerpiece.

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And I took photos of my friend Danielle's baby girl Rosalee, who was seven weeks new at the time. : ) Look how precious!Washington-DC-babyshower-Gather_0006

The gracious and crazy-talented hosts!Washington-DC-babyshower-Gather_0007

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My parents-in-law made this awesome diaper cake, and my mom gave me the outfit I came home from the hospital in as well as my baby doll growing up. So sentimental and sweet.Washington-DC-babyshower-Gather_0009

LOOK AT THIS SHOP! How amazing is it?! If you live in North Carolina, I encourage you to take a trip there. You won't regret it!Washington-DC-babyshower-Gather_0010Washington-DC-babyshower-Gather_0011

My parents. We silly. : )Washington-DC-babyshower-Gather_0012

And one of our little family! : ) Washington-DC-babyshower-Gather_0013

Thank you again to everyone who came; I was truly touched by it all and my heart is so, so full.

KRISTIN BABY SHOWER - Hay-Adams Hotel Washington, D.C.

I have such a lovely party to share with you today! Kristin's baby shower was held at the GORGEOUS Hay-Adams hotel in downtown Washington, DC. I had the privilege of shooting Kristin & Reed's wedding in North Carolina in 2011 (what?! how has it been three years?!), so I was ecstatic when Kristin's mom contacted me about shooting her shower as a surprise. She was super sneaky and pulled it off! Kristin had no idea. : ) Kristin's shower was exquisite. The flower arrangements were stunning and the cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake were DELICIOUS. I loved being able to capture such beautiful details and wonderful moments during her baby shower. I am SO happy for her and Reed and cannot WAIT to photograph their little guy when he makes his appearance this March!


Kristin and her mama. How stylish are they?!Washington-DC-baby-photographer-KK_0010

I love that someone brought a gift for Reed (on the right). So hilarious and thoughtful!


A friend of Kristin's made the baby blanket for her little guy. So talented!


Those red OshKosh B'gosh overalls were SUPER adorable...


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A couple weekends ago, I had the privilege of shooting my favorite family in Rome again. The occasion this time? Sim's first birthday party! I can't believe he is already one year old! (Check out my previous sessions with this lovely family here and here.) The party was SO fun, and all the decorations were SO adorable. I loved the pinwheel theme and the bright colors. My favorite moments to photograph during the party were most definitely during the smash cake. : ) Happy birthday, Sim!


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Another quick family portrait before Sim got totally messy. : )Sim-Weldon-birthday-party-photographer_0020Sim-Weldon-birthday-party-photographer_0021Sim-Weldon-birthday-party-photographer_0022Sim-Weldon-birthday-party-photographer_0023Sim-Weldon-birthday-party-photographer_0024Sim-Weldon-birthday-party-photographer_0025Sim-Weldon-birthday-party-photographer_0026Sim-Weldon-birthday-party-photographer_0027

KERRI + MATT - Jupiter, Florida Wedding - Part I of II

Kerri & Matt got married in Jupiter, Florida (a beautiful place!) in early July. I met this awesome couple through another couple that I photographed in the Bahamas last year (love y'all!). Kerri & Matt actually met in the Bahamas; they couldn't be sweeter and more perfect for each other. I was lucky they chose me to shoot their rehearsal dinner and wedding. Here are some of my favorites from the night before the wedding! Don't miss the awesome animation at the end of the post of Kerri & her bridesmaids picking up Matt for a photo. Seemed like a good idea... : )

How sweet is this little girl? She had so many great expressions!

Before the sun went down completely, we stepped outside for some portraits. Beautiful light...!